Archinect - A New Norris House: Phase IV 2023-10-04T01:51:23-04:00 Norris Dam State Park Spring Wildflowers newnorrishouse 2014-04-07T12:43:16-04:00 >2018-11-29T10:31:04-05:00 <p>One of the best aspects of living in Norris is being so close to Norris Dam State Park -- it takes less than ten minutes to drive to the dam from the New Norris House. And although I haven&rsquo;t tried it, you can walk from the community path on our property to the community center and get on the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norris Watershed Trail System</a>&nbsp;which links to the state park&rsquo;s trails.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>Map from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Outdoor Knoxville</a></p><p>I&rsquo;ve spent many evenings exploring the meadows along the Song Bird Trail below the dam and hiking around the historic mill on Clear Creek. The Andrews Ridge trail system has views of the lake and is ideal for trail running, but my favorite place to explore is the River Bluff Trail on the west side of the Clinch River just below the dam. In just 3.1 miles, the trail passes through several plant communities as it climbs and descends the ridge across north, east, and south facing slopes. The many microclimates found along the trail are home to an impressive variety of spring wildflowers. The park even ho...</p> Details of New Norris House Auction Samuel Mortimer 2014-04-04T19:26:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T21:54:25-04:00 <p>As mentioned last week, the New Norris House will be auction in the coming month.</p><p>This process will be a sealed bid auction and is being overseen by the&nbsp;State of Tennessee Real Estate Asset Management (as a State owned property built by the University's College of Architecture and Design).</p><p>The flyer below indicates the most basic information about the sale and the home itself, but more detailed information can be found <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here at the state's website</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>We will be providing further information in the coming month (as well as hosting an open house on April the 12th), but are excited to begin the process and transfer this award winning home to a private owner.</p><p>Please feel free to contact us with questions about the process or home! Or visit our website at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>All photos by Ken McCown</em></a></p> Handing off the New Norris House, Part I Samuel Mortimer 2014-03-28T19:45:48-04:00 >2018-09-26T11:31:04-04:00 <p>The New Norris HOUSE could be your New Norris HOME - WATCH FOR SALE DETAILS THIS SUNDAY IN THE <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL</a>!</p><p>More to come afterwards!</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>Photo by Robert Batey</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a></p> Greywater and Rain Water Systems Tour for State and Local Officials newnorrishouse 2013-08-18T12:10:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T21:59:12-04:00 <p> Last month a group of state and local environmental officials visited the New Norris House to learn about the results of our ongoing data collection. Members of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and the Norris Water Commission (NWC) attended the tour led by Profs. Tricia Stuth, Dr. John Buchanan, and Valerie Friedmann.</p> <p> During the tour we highlighted several of the water quality and quantity benchmarks we have been able to achieve such as a 61% reduction in city water use compared to the average US home and the on-site infiltration of almost 24,000 gallons of greywater in one year. The members of TDEC and the NWC were particularly interested in the implications of the greywater infiltration bed. Dr. Buchanan of UT's College of Biosystems Engineering summarized the impacts of such on-site greywater treatment:<br><br><strong>"We want to separate people from their waste water, and we've been doing a good job of that. But if we can be more sustainable by putting water b...</strong></p> One year in Norris newnorrishouse 2013-08-12T12:59:26-04:00 >2013-09-02T00:00:04-04:00 <p> This month marks one year for me as a resident at the New Norris House. As a previous resident of various apartments near the center of Knoxville, one of the most interesting aspects of living in Norris has been the increase in time I&rsquo;ve spent outdoors and the animals I&rsquo;ve happily encountered along the way.</p> <p> One frequent visitor is the brown snake. I&rsquo;ve seen several of these (or maybe it is the same one?) around the landscape this summer. They are friendly snakes and don&rsquo;t mind to be picked up and relocated away from the main walkways to the terraced gardens.</p> <p> <em><img alt="" src="" title=""></em></p> <p> While weeding the perennial bed this nest of small eggs was discovered. I had noticed several dozen juvenile five-lined skinks in the area. A little online research indicates that these are five-lined skink eggs</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">Everyday, hundreds of bees, flies, dragonflies, and butterflies visit the rainwater and greywater beds and the meadows and perennial beds. The black-eyed susan&rsquo;s and purple coneflowers are a favorite as wel...</p> A New Norris House and Brooks/Scarpa Samuel Mortimer 2013-06-20T12:40:52-04:00 >2018-09-26T11:31:04-04:00 <p> The New Norris House team is in Denver this week to receive the Committee on the Environment's Top-10 Green Award.</p> <p> Saturday morning fellow Top-10 winners Brooks + Scarpa will sit down with the NNH team and representatives from the AIA to discuss their two winning residential projects. A part of this discussion, a brief article was published today giving a short background on both projects.<br><br> Check it out!</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>(image by Ken McCown)</em></a></p> AIA COTE Top-10 Green Projects Award Samuel Mortimer 2013-04-23T13:00:08-04:00 >2013-04-23T13:49:57-04:00 <p> We are very excited to share that the New Norris House Project has been named by the AIA's Committee on the Environment (COTE) as one of the Top-10 Green projects of 2013!&nbsp;This award is one of the most prestigious in architecture in the US, and recognizes &ldquo;exemplary and innovative built projects that establish a standard of&nbsp; excellence in sustainable design, demonstrate its benefits, and educate both the profession and the public.&rdquo;</p> <p> This is enormous honor would not be possible without the tireless efforts all those involved!&nbsp;Check out our revamped website for more information about the project: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> <strong>A variety of coverage around the COTE Top-10 Award:</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.ecobuilding...</a></p> AIA COTE Top-10 Green Projects Award Samuel Mortimer 2013-04-23T13:00:02-04:00 >2013-04-29T21:25:02-04:00 <p> We are very excited to share that the New Norris House Project has been named by the AIA's Committee on the Environment (COTE) as one of the Top-10 Green projects of 2013!&nbsp;This award is one of the most prestigious in architecture in the US, and recognizes &ldquo;exemplary and innovative built projects that establish a standard of&nbsp; excellence in sustainable design, demonstrate its benefits, and educate both the profession and the public.&rdquo;</p> <p> This is enormous honor would not be possible without the tireless efforts all those involved!</p> <p> <strong>Check out the variety of coverage below:</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><br><br></a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Winter Passive Performance: The Experience newnorrishouse 2013-03-18T11:12:00-04:00 >2018-09-26T11:31:04-04:00 <p> As mentioned in the previous post, the project team performed an experiment to observe the NNH's ability to resist winter temperature fluctuations with all heating and cooling systems turned off. Samuel recorded the data, and I recorded the experience of three winter days and nights with the heat turned off!</p> <p> We selected a 72 hour window with relatively low winter temperatures for the East Tennessee region. According to the high and low temperatures for Norris for February 19, 20, and 21 were:</p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; High (&deg;F)&nbsp; Low (&deg;F)<br> 02/19/13&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 53&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 37<br> 02/20/13&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 44&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 25<br> 02/21/13&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 52&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 28</p> <p> I only allowed myself to check the high and low temperatures posted for these days, and I did not use a thermometer to check the actual temperature of the home's interior. Most of my experience was during the evening, night, and morning hours as I am at work during the day.</p> <p> <strong>Day one: Tuesday, Feb. 19</strong><br> On day one I was ready for the challenge...</p> Winter Passive Performance Samuel Mortimer 2013-02-20T20:38:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <p> Earlier this week the project team began a seasonal experiment to test the passive performance of the envelope to resist exterior temperatures&nbsp;fluctuations&nbsp;over the course of 72 hours (3 days). To complete this study, the heating and cooling systems are completely disabled for the duration of the period (though the ERV remains in operation to supply code required minimum ventilation).&nbsp;</p> <p> Earlier forms of this same test have shown interesting returns, generally showing the envelope is able to maintain a steady temperature range. Observations from June remained outside of the comfort zone entirely, however, though night temperatures clearly dropped into the comfort range. Effort by the resident to purge warm interior air in the evenings could have altered this, though high humidities in the Southeast-US often negates such efforts.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> We'll keep you posted as to what we find this time around!</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Hello snow! newnorrishouse 2013-01-17T21:16:33-05:00 >2013-01-21T17:20:36-05:00 <p> A winter storm swept across much of the southeast today leaving a blanket of snow on the New Norris House. Here are a few photos from this beautiful, snowy afternoon:<img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Presentation at TN ASLA Conference newnorrishouse 2012-10-24T14:10:51-04:00 >2012-10-29T22:54:56-04:00 <p> Last week, the New Norris House made an appearance at the TN Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Conference in Nashville, TN. The presentation was geared toward landscape architects, and focused on our landscape design and water harvesting and treatment systems.</p> <p> We began with an overview of the original town plan, including the greenbelt that protects the community's watershed and the network of walking paths that link individual homes to the town center.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> We then looked at the original Norris cottages and landscapes and discussed how we could re-interpret the efficient, technologically advanced homes and the productive, functional landscapes of the original Norris plan into 21st Century standards.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> I showed the planting plan, and how we reflected the towns water-guarding greenbelt with our own site-scale native grass meadow, which is designed to capture and infiltrate storm water sheet flow.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> We then looked at the locations and functions o...</p> DIY Network features the New Norris House! newnorrishouse 2012-10-24T13:55:33-04:00 >2012-10-29T22:44:19-04:00 <p> The New Norris House is featured on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DIY Network</a> as part of a series on space-saving, sustainable design! Check it out!</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br> Photo credit: Jason Kisner /</p> Residency Year Two newnorrishouse 2012-10-24T13:48:00-04:00 >2012-10-29T22:51:22-04:00 <p> It's hard to believe but August 2012 marked our one year anniversary of occupancy at the New Norris House! The upcoming year of residency and evaluation has just begun, and I'm excited to serve as the 2012-2013 resident. My name is Valerie Friedmann, and I have been part of the New Norris House team since the spring of 2010. I am a graduate of the University of Tennessee Graduate Landscape Architecture Program, and I am now teaching design studio in the UTK MLA program. My role at the New Norris House has mainly been in the design and implementation of the home's landscape and integrated water harvesting/reuse systems. During the evaluation phase, my role is to oversee the monitoring and evaluation of the water systems, monitor and maintain the landscape, and of course, blog about it!</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br> Hey, that's me collecting some water to take to the lab!</p> <p> For my first post as the new resident, I wanted to write about what I'm enjoying most since moving in. To me, seeing the native grass an...</p> Reflections newnorrishouse 2012-09-02T16:03:00-04:00 >2022-03-14T10:01:08-04:00 <p> It&rsquo;s hard to believe that our year of living in the New Norris House is over. During our time there, it was a bit like living in a lab; our energy and water usage were monitored, and we tested the design and systems installed in the house. Although we&rsquo;ve moved out, there are several things we grew to appreciate while living there that will stay with us.</p> <p> Natural light<br> We loved the natural light that filled the house during daylight hours. The roller shades over all the windows block direct sunlight and help keep the house cool, but don&rsquo;t block the light entirely like blinds or curtains would. Even on cloudy days, the skylight in the living area let in enough light so we didn&rsquo;t need to turn on the kitchen or loft lights until dusk. The skylight and kitchen window are two features in the house I miss the most.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><em>the windows, skylight, french doors all let in plenty of light (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">source</a>)</em></p> <p> Design<br> Initially, we weren&rsquo;t sure how scaling down to 768 square feet would work&mdash;would we be abl...</p> AIA Housing Knowledge Community Webinar Samuel Mortimer 2012-08-28T20:27:09-04:00 >2012-09-03T20:36:30-04:00 <p> Hello friends,</p> <p> It is with pleasure and excitement that I invite anyone of interest to "attend" a webinar presented by the New Norris House team as part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA Housing Knowledge Community</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> Here is a <a href=";EventTypeKey=b582f4c2-67b6-4b50-a9cf-ad986b407ecf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">link to the event</a>, which will take place November 5th, 9-10am PT.&nbsp;</p> <p> Registration is free and will earn you 1 HSW CEH.</p> <p> We will be discussing a host of topics, but learning objectives will revolves primarily around the following issues (related to the completed New Norris House project):</p> <p> -Better integrating water resource systems<br> -The limitations and benefits of off-site and on-site fabrication<br> -Community design process<br> -Indoor environmental air&nbsp;</p> <p> If this is of interest to you, we hope you can listen in!</p> <p> Thanks!</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">photo by Ken McCown</a></em></p> <p> <em>Visit our website at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></em></p> Greywater Monitoring Update Samuel Mortimer 2012-07-19T14:48:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <p> As part of our water system evaluation, monitoring efforts have recently been expanded to include a greywater (water from the bathroom sink, shower, and clothes washer) component. Here we will not be monitoring quality (as we are with rainwater), but rather soil saturation of the greywater bed. <strong>To state regulators, this is a primary concern. Discharged greywater must stay below the surface level, and this is what we seek to gain further insight about.</strong></p> <p> The greywater beds function by layering gravel, mulch, and soil around a perforated 5-gallon reservoir (bucket). As greywater enters the bucket, it is allowed to slowly saturate the sourounding bed. We have designed the bed to hold over 150 gallons of greywater.<img alt="" src="" title=""><em>Greywater bed (top, in green) accepts all greywater from the home. A section through the bed itself (below) provides details about how the bed is built up from the subsoil.</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>What we are interested to learn is how quickly the bed saturates and how quickly it will drain i...</strong></p> Heat wave newnorrishouse 2012-07-01T09:40:00-04:00 >2012-07-02T10:07:39-04:00 <p> The past week in Norris has been sizzling hot, along with many areas of the country that have been experiencing excessive heat and drought-like conditions. We&rsquo;ve had heat advisories almost every day for the past four days; temperatures have been in the low 100s, and humidity has hovered around 30% during the hottest time of the day. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norris Dam TVA rain gauge data</a>, June has received only 1.9&rdquo; of rain; typical rainfall is around 4&rdquo; to 5&rdquo; in June.&nbsp; (Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;for UT&rsquo;s Climate Data resource page where you can explore links to weather information.)</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><em>hot temperatures and hot peppers from the garden</em></p> <p> The heat and lack of rain have had an impact on some of the trees and shrubs that were planted last fall. The dogwood and witch hazel trees, along with the hydrangeas, are exhibiting signs of distress&mdash;signs that I didn&rsquo;t pick up on, but can now see (thank you to Valerie for pointing them out). They&rsquo;re getting extra water until temperatures reach normal levels again.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><em>witch h...</em></p> Turkeys and deer and snakes—oh my! newnorrishouse 2012-05-27T14:53:00-04:00 >2012-06-06T22:31:03-04:00 <p> Not long after moving to Norris, we were driving around town and saw a rafter (or gang, if you prefer) of wild turkeys walking through a field. As a newcomer to the area, I did a double take&mdash;were we really seeing turkeys?? I&rsquo;ve seen them again on several occasions and while it doesn&rsquo;t come as much of a surprise anymore, it&rsquo;s fun to spot them and their distinctive walk.</p> <p> Norris is home to all kinds of wildlife; the city and the Norris Watershed area are considered a wildlife sanctuary (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">see map</a>). An aerial view of the city shows how much green space there is throughout the town; this remnant of early city design provides space for animal habitats to coexist with the people who live here. We&rsquo;ve noticed at the house that as the grasses are filling in and the garden is growing, there are more butterflies, dragonflies, and bees in the backyard.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><em>many trees and green spaces in the city of Norris</em></p> <p> In addition to the wild turkeys, we&rsquo;ve seen deer, rabbits, squirrels, opossums, raccoons,...</p> How does your garden grow? newnorrishouse 2012-05-14T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-09-20T11:16:03-04:00 <p> The garden was planted a little over a month ago, and I&rsquo;m amazed at how fast things have grown. Since this is the first garden I&rsquo;ve ever had, I don&rsquo;t have a point of reference for plant growth patterns; I suppose they&rsquo;re growing at typical rates that just seem fast to me.</p> <p> The arugula is ready for harvesting, so last week we had a peppery arugula salad with pear, prosciutto, goat cheese, olive oil, and honey. It was great to be able to pick a few dollars worth of produce that started out from a $2.00 seed packet.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The red cabbage and cauliflower leaves are as big as my hand; they&rsquo;re in the front of the first box. Carrots and rainbow chard, also in the first box, will probably be ready in two to three weeks.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> There are five tomato plants, and one has about six tomatoes growing on it. The others are starting to bud and should be bearing fruit soon. One of my favorite scents is a tomato plant (or a tomato fresh off the vine); I find myself lingering by the tomatoes when I...</p> Meadow Planting Day and landscape photos newnorrishouse 2012-05-08T11:43:17-04:00 >2012-05-13T23:15:41-04:00 <p> This weekend we planted the first half of our native grass meadow. The plan goes like this: 1) to suppress weeds, spread cardboard and staple to the ground with landscape staples 2) mark the plant locations on 2' centers 3) dig, dig, dig 4) plant, water and wait.</p> <p> This is a slightly experimental meadow project. We are in a residential area, so the typical preparation of burning the plot of land to be planted with meadow grass seeds was out of the question. We will keep you posted on the (hopeful) success of this project!</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Thank you so much to all the volunteers that came out to help this weekend! We planted over 400 plants and couldn't have done it with out you!</p> Water features newnorrishouse 2012-04-19T15:52:00-04:00 >2012-04-19T16:07:31-04:00 <p> One of the rooms in the house that hasn&rsquo;t been mentioned often&mdash;yet gets daily use&mdash;is the bathroom. With the bathroom being the top water user in the house, the water features installed here are helping conserve water in several ways.</p> <p> The New Norris House was built with a rainwater cistern and purification system which delivers harvested and treated rainwater to the toilet tank (and to the clothes washer and outside hose bibs as well). Systems like this aren&rsquo;t common in the U.S., and the system here is being used under a special permit. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">According to the EPA</a>, one toilet can use 27% of a household&rsquo;s daily water, and older toilets use between 3.5 to 7 gallons of water per flush. It makes sense to use rainwater instead of fresh water for flushing given those numbers, since fresh water is a finite resource and harvested rainwater, a naturally replenished resource, works just as well.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><em>rainwater cistern (gray container) and purification system (blue cylinders)</em></p> <p> The toilet also has th...</p> A Tour for the Kids newnorrishouse 2012-04-15T16:02:00-04:00 >2012-05-28T11:55:29-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">One of the goals of the New Norris House is to have a positive impact on the local community.&nbsp; We recently hosted a second grade class from Norris Elementary.&nbsp; The kids were really excited to see what they are learning in school being applied in the local neighborhood. After taking two groups through the home and landscape, our tour was unfortunately postponed due to weather.</p> <p> We were very impressed with how much the kids already knew about living sustainably. They had some great questions and it was a pleasure to hear them share about what they were learning in school.&nbsp; The teachers at Norris Elementary must be doing a great job! Hopefully we can reschedule soon!</p> <p> If you have a group that would like to tour the home and landscape contact us at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p> Very Local Produce newnorrishouse 2012-04-01T23:40:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <p> <br><img alt="" src="" title="">Clearing the community path and separating seedlings</p> <p> Nothing feels more like Spring than planting a garden, and at the New Norris House that's exactly what happened this weekend. Mary, Eric, and I spent some time doing general yard maintenance, and we also planted the raised vegetable beds. The beds were designed and built by students last summer, and we used stockpiled dirt from the house foundation excavation to fill the beds. We also added any vegetative waste produced from clearing the invasive plants, and let the soil sit all winter long. Now it is a beautiful, rich soil filled with worms and ready to produce!</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">We began by properly spacing all the plants before digging any holes</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">See the rich, dark soil under the hay?</p> <p> We planted rainbow swiss chard, red cabbage, cauliflower, heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, carrots, fennel, arugula, gourds, and cucumbers. We also planted zinnias for cut flowers and to attract pollinators. In a few months we should have a huge harve...</p> The Wall Assembly newnorrishouse 2012-03-29T17:59:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <p> The New Norris House wall assembly utilizes advanced framing techniques and a rainscreen wall construction.&nbsp; Constructed of Atlantic White Cedar (AWC), the cladding of the house uses natural materials much like those found on the original Norris cottages of the 1930&lsquo;s.&nbsp; Atlantic White Cedar has a natural weather resistance and is a native material to this region.<img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> In conventional wall design, a single barrier building skin acts as a &ldquo;all-in-one&rdquo; layer to keep out rain, retain conditioned air, and to resist the forces of wind &amp; air pressure.&nbsp; The pressure differential created by a conventional wall design is a major cause of moisture infiltration. A rainscreen, or pressure equalized system, uses 3 layers, a vented exterior cladding, an air space and a moisture barrier.&nbsp; Initially, water is deflected from the wall construction by the cladding. All moisture remaining is drained vertically and/or evaporated by the movement of air within the air space.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Specifically in The New ...</p> We won a Residential Architect Design Award! Samuel Mortimer 2012-03-21T13:38:00-04:00 >2012-03-21T14:18:46-04:00 <p> It is our pleasure to announce that the New Norris House project has been selected for a Residential Architect Design Award!</p> <p> We have been awarded a Merit Award in the Single Family Housing category. Of over 800 applicants, only 36 were chosen as winners. This is a tremendous honor which we are extremely thankful for. Many thanks especially to the town of Norris, our many project partners, and all those involved with the project.</p> <p> Though the announcement has been officially made, it has not yet been posted to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RA website</a>. Check back in the coming days/week, and look for the awards in the May/June issue of Residential Architect.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Photo by Ken McCown</em></a></p> Springtime in Norris newnorrishouse 2012-03-21T11:15:19-04:00 >2012-03-26T11:17:48-04:00 <p> One day after the first day of spring, flowering plants are already in bloom, grasses are growing, and insects are buzzing. It&rsquo;s a beautiful time of year in this part of the country! The winter was the fourth warmest on record, and plants are coming out of dormancy sooner than usual. Most of the country had a mild winter and is seeing warm temperatures already (see <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this map</a> showing historic heat in North America).&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><em>buds on the dogwood tree in the front yard</em></p> <p> Temperatures in the past week have reached the high 70s and even into the 80s. The average temperature for March is in the low 50s, so the heat is rather early this year; 80 degree temps don&rsquo;t usually hit until May.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><em>buds on the plants on the side of the driveway</em></p> <p> Along with the blooms and warmer air come allergies, the sound of lawn mowers, and longer daylight hours. The bees and wasps are out and often hit the windows as they fly around, looking for places to make nests. Crickets are already chirping at night.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><em>wasp on...</em></p> Phase IV Landscape newnorrishouse 2012-03-13T13:42:00-04:00 >2012-03-20T17:39:17-04:00 <p> In East Tennessee, the last expected freeze date is April 15, but it already feels like spring! With the warmer weather approaching it's time to start making preparations for the installation of the Phase IV landscape - the native grass meadows. Be sure to look for an upcoming post outlining the process we will use to establish the meadow (item number 6 on the site design plan below). For now, let's take a look at where we've been and where we are going with the New Norris House Landscape.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> BEFORE: Existing Conditions Plan</p> <p> While the existing house sat on an original Norris Cottage foundation, several remodels and years of vacancy left the house in poor condition. Original to the 1930&rsquo;s town plan, two drainage swales, one stonelined (01) and one vegetated (14), flank the site. Our goal of treating stormwater onsite involves capturing and infiltrating water before it enters the swales.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> AFTER: Site Design Plan</p> <p> The site design responds to the linear site with a series of ...</p> In the kitchen newnorrishouse 2012-02-24T12:16:25-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <p> Out of all the rooms in the New Norris House, the kitchen gets the most use. The majority of our meals are eaten at home, so when it&rsquo;s time for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack we head to the kitchen. Every day we use the cabinets, cooktop, counter, sink, and fridge&mdash;and have the added bonus of the view from the window on each visit. I love the design and layout of the kitchen, and know I&rsquo;ll miss it when our time here is up.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><em>fridge and freezer are on bottom right</em><br><br> The appliances in the kitchen as it was designed are an undercounter refrigerator and freezer, and a cooktop and oven. These serve basic food storage and preparation needs. Two appliances that are often considered essential in kitchens today are a dishwasher or microwave&mdash;we have neither, which means less energy use. But, there are times that the immediate conveniences offered by a dishwasher and microwave are missed. Washing dishes by hand and reheating leftovers on the cooktop both take more time and some planning....</p> New Photos Added newnorrishouse 2012-02-23T17:12:00-05:00 >2012-02-27T01:53:29-05:00 <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Check out some of the new photos just uploaded onto <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>. New finished exterior, interior and site photos have been added as well as some photos of the events that have taken place on site.</p> <p> As Spring is quickly approaching, we are beginning to set up more public tours of the house. If you are part of a group or organization that would like to tour the house, send us an e-mail at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a> for more information.</p> <p> Find out more at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p>